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NGC 2070, The Tarantula Nebula (H-Alpha), 



    
        

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NGC 2070, The Tarantula Nebula (H-Alpha)

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NGC 2070, The Tarantula Nebula (H-Alpha), 



    
        

            Ruben Barbosa
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NGC 2070, The Tarantula Nebula (H-Alpha)

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Imaging telescopes or lenses: Telescope 33 - 16" Astro Systeme Austria (ASA) Fast Newtonian Astrograph F/3.8

Imaging cameras: Apogee Aspen CG16070 Class 1 CCD

Mounts: Paramount ME

Software: Maxim DL, Gimp


Frames:
Blue: 6x300" (30') bin 2x2
Green: 6x300" (30') bin 2x2
Ha: 5x600" (50') bin 2x2
Lum: 5x600" (50') bin 1x1
Red: 6x300" (30') bin 2x2

Integration: 3h 10'


Astrometry.net job: 1981776

RA center: 5h 38' 57"

DEC center: -69° 15' 31"

Pixel scale: 2.136 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 86.750 degrees

Field radius: 0.647 degrees


Resolution: 1734x1318

Description

* Acquisition: iTelescope-Portugal.

* Processing: Ruben Barbosa.

* Large Magellanic Cloud composition.

Also known as 30 Doradus or NGC 2070, the Tarantula Nebula, so called because it resembles a web, is a HII region (red/pink shows hydrogen) about 1,000 light-years in length, located in the Great Magellanic Cloud , a small satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, at an estimated distance of 170,000 light-years from Earth.

Despite the splendor of this image, we are facing an extremely hostile place for life. Here the stars form, evolve, and end their lives rapidly, often violently. The photograph contains stars at different stages of its evolution, some newly formed (about 2 million years old), still hidden in dense, dark gas bubbles, as well as the remnant of giants that ended their cycle in supernova explosions.

It is estimated that NGC 2070 is only 2 million years old and consists of more than 500,000 stars. Its core, known as R136, is filled with some of the most massive stars found in our neighborhood, weighing more than 100 times the mass of our Sun. These young, warm stars carve the walls of gas with ultraviolet radiation, creating similar structures To pillars, valleys and ridges, as well as shock waves that will compress the surrounding material and, by the action of gravity, end up giving rise to new stars.

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NGC 2070, The Tarantula Nebula (H-Alpha), 



    
        

            Ruben Barbosa